2021 United Methodist Men Give Day
September 15, 2021
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders us and let us run with perseverance the race set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. –– A paraphrase of Hebrews 12: 1-2a
Paul reminds us that we have been called for a purpose and we must keep moving in the direction that will allow us to fulfill that purpose.
The General Commission on United Methodist Men is committed to our mission to “Coach men & youth to THRIVE through Christ, so others may know Christ.” We also know that we are not in this race alone.
Leaders in men’s and scouting ministries are doing the remarkable. We continue to expand our ministries. All of this requires additional funding beyond our normal revenue resources.
We invite you to join us in this race for new disciples on October 18, our third annual Give Day.
The “why” is simple, there is a continued financial need to dramatically expand the discipleship opportunities for men and young people.
Former funding sources are continuing to struggle. Your generosity, last year, allowed us to continue to provide faith-building opportunities.
Consider this, hundreds of men and women, clergy and laypeople across this country joined in a grass-roots prayer ministry. These men and women are hungry for more training and more resources.
Also, within the last six months, hundreds of scouting volunteers have been trained by professionals reflecting our work with youth in BSA, Girl Scouts, and Campfire. In 2020, we trained more leaders in these areas than any previous year.
While face-to-face events were canceled, our work continued and expanded through technological processes. We continued to provide training resources for men and youth around the world.
A “World Day of Prayer” with leaders of The African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African American Episcopal Church Zion, and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church was held this past year.
We are called to reach and disciple more men and more youth, and the demand for more materials in men’s and scouting ministries dramatically increased during this year.
Despite the increased costs, we continue to write and produce much-needed original print and electronic resources.
We were fortunate to hold the National Association of Conference Presidents of United Methodist Men and the United Methodist Men Foundation meetings virtually this year. The leadership of the United Methodist Men was able to receive valuable training in a virtual environment.
We are beginning to see an increase in travel now that the pandemic is has allowed for face-to-face meetings. Yes, Zoom is serving us well, but face-to-face meetings with new users are important as we move forward.
Paul reminds us to throw off everything that hinders us and run the race before us. The race we run is to provide opportunities to share the Good News of God’s love with men around the world. As we continue to run into that new future, we hope you will join us by giving this October 18.
Three easy and safe ways to contribute:
Text: UMMen to 44321
Send: a check to P.O. Box 440515., Nashville, TN 37244-0515